Seven free Easter egg hunts on the next two Saturdays will make children excited about the upcoming spring holiday. The Easter Bunny will appear at most gatherings, so families should bring cameras and baskets for their loot.
In chronological order:
• After a free light breakfast at Sunman Community Park at 10:30 a.m. March 23, three consecutive hunts start at 11 a.m. Children by age group (1-3, 4-6 and 7-10) will look for over 1,500 candy-filled eggs. Prizes, donated by area businesses, will be given to tykes finding lucky eggs, reports Pat Scharf of the beautification committee, which sponsors the party with the chamber of commerce, town and Sunman IGA.
• Over 5,000 eggs will be hidden for the 19th Ripley County Chamber of Commerce hunt March 23 at 11 a.m. near the Versailles State Park swimming pool. Kids will be grouped by age (1-3, 4-6 and 7-10) to find their surprises. Volunteers are needed and can enlist by contacting executive director Amy Thomas at 812-689-6654 or email@example.com.
• A hunt sponsored by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and co-hosted by the city takes place March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Liberty Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the park pavilion. Children will be divided by age (1-3, 4-6 and 7-9) to search separately for 5,000 eggs. Parents are allowed to accompany toddlers, but must not assist their children in picking up eggs. No strollers or babies in arms are allowed on the field. After the searching is over, each participant will get a surprise. Clowns add to the merriment.
• The Oldenburg Academy Alumni Association’s sixth annual festivity is March 30 at 10 a.m. on the Sisters of St. Francis grounds. This year’s hunt will include over 1,600 eggs, and children in each age group (3 and under, 4-6 and 7-10) will search for two lucky eggs with winning tickets in them, reports alumni relations coordinator Sarah Lamping. Afterwards, attendees can enjoy refreshments in the Twister Cafe.
• The Batesville United Methodist Church Community Egg Hunt is slated for March 30 at 10 a.m. on the grounds and parking lot. The event will be inside if it’s rainy. The youth group helps hide the eggs, and most are filled with candy, with two per age group (2-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12) designating special prizes. Games and snacks will be available for kids waiting for their hunt.
• All ages are welcome at the New Testament Baptist Church, Sunman, hunt March 30 at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be provided.
• Kids from the New Point area in fifth grade and younger will search for about 1,300 candy-filled eggs at the New Point Kiwanis Club hunt March 30 at 1 p.m. at Saltcreek Township Park there, reports member Iris Glass. In case of rain, it will be held in the New Point Community Building.
OTHER HOLIDAY EXCURSIONS
• Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, 601 W. First St., Madison, offers festive activities Saturday, March 23, from noon-1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-8 can hunt for Easter eggs on the grounds and enjoy stories, crafts, face painting, historic games and visits with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $3 per child at the Lanier/Madison Visitor Center, located across Vine Street from the mansion. One adult per child gets in free. Info: 812-265-3526 or indianamuseum.org/lanier.
• Children can meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for a golden egg during the 13th annual running of the Easter Bunny Express Saturday, March 30. The train departs from the nonprofit Whitewater Valley Railroad’s Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville, and makes four round trips south to a patch two miles away at 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 4:15 p.m. The hunt is open to kids 8 and under who need to bring baskets. Reservations are recommended. The cost is $9 for riders 2 and up. To purchase tickets: www.whitewatervalleyrr.org or 765-825-2054.